kerneloops in Ubuntu

Ben Collins ben.collins at
Mon Sep 22 22:12:41 UTC 2008

Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> Ben Collins wrote:
>> Arjan van de Ven wrote:
>>> Amit Kucheria wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 7:01 PM, Arjan van de Ven 
>>>> <arjan at> wrote:
>>>>>> What mechanism do other distros use to differentiate the report? I
>>>>>> don't see any command-line option or config file option in kerneloops
>>>>>> to tag-on the distro name.
>>>>> in the git version there's methods for this.
>>>>> however until now, all distros had some distinct marker in their 
>>>>> kernel
>>>>> version string
>>>>> (fc9, mdk etc) that I use map to a distro
>>>> Ben, do we have any problem with adding a 'ubuntu' identifier to our
>>>> version string?
>>> even just an "ub" or something works ;)
>>> or any kind of regexp that identifies it as ubuntu really, I don't 
>>> care how it's done
>> Can you check this via the dmesg? The full version string contains 
>> Ubuntu in it.
> I really would like to be able to see it from uname -r
> that way I can compute it from my database; and it just works for 
> various cases
> (people running mainline kernels on ubuntu don't get counted as ubuntu, 
> and the other way around as well)

Well, there's no way we can retroactively do that. We could going 
forward though. But right now only Ubuntu kernels show this:

[    0.000000] Linux version 2.6.27-3-generic (buildd at crested) (gcc 
version 4.3.2 (Ubuntu 4.3.2-1ubuntu6) ) #1 SMP Wed Sep 10 16:18:52 UTC 
2008 (Ubuntu 2.6.27-3.4-generic)

Mostly, I'm pointing to the last part: "Ubuntu 2.6.27-3.4-generic" this 
is an extended version string we've added that only comes from our 
source tree. That would get you the people you have now. If it's too 
cumbersome, we can look into adding "ub" or something to the "uname -r" 
string in the next release.

We've always had, and always will have the extended version info in the 
dmesg though (which I think shows up in oopses?). It is also shown in 
/proc/version_signature, though I'm sure you haven't already captured 
that data since it's Ubuntu specific.

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